MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 9,095 this week

Darklands (1996)

4.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.4/10 from 295 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 20 critic

A newspaper reporter is lured into a mire of pagan rituals and human sacrifice.

Director:

Writers:

(additional dialogue), , 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 609 titles
created 31 Oct 2012
 
a list of 684 titles
created 26 Nov 2012
 
a list of 2000 titles
created 12 Dec 2012
 
a list of 876 titles
created 29 May 2013
 
list image
a list of 50 titles
created 09 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Darklands" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Darklands (1996)

Darklands (1996) on IMDb 4.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Darklands.
6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Shiver (2012)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Wendy Alden, a young secretary in Portland lacking in self- confidence becomes victim of a savage killer who has claimed the lives of a number of other women. Somehow Wendy finds the resources of courage to fight back and escape.

Director: Julian Richards
Stars: Danielle Harris, John Jarratt, Casper Van Dien
Galaxis (1995)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  

Legend says that the sacred crystal is the source for all life and was created at the beginning of time. Kyla has sought the crystal to use its powers for himself and he takes the crystal ... See full summary »

Director: William Mesa
Stars: Brigitte Nielsen, Richard Moll, Craig Fairbrass
Messiah (1999)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: William Klein
Stars: Charlotte Hellekant, Lynne Dawson, Nicole Heaston
Messiah: The Promise (TV Mini-Series 2004)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Stars: Phil Atkinson, Paul Copley, Darrell D'Silva
Beyond Bedlam (1994)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

Dr.Stephanie Lyell works for Neurological Research, and is testing a seemingly safe personality-altering drug on Marc Gilmour a notorious Serial Killer. But when a pair of bizarre suicides ... See full summary »

Director: Vadim Jean
Stars: Craig Fairbrass, Elizabeth Hurley, Keith Allen
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

One year after 9/11, an American journalist travels to Afghanistan in an effort to learn the truth about the search for Osama bin Laden.

Director: Christian Johnston
Stars: George Calil, Wali Razaqi, Sunil Sadarangani
Deranged (2012)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

Four girls go to a party in an isolated house.

Director: Neil Jones
Stars: Marcia Do Vales, Craig Fairbrass, Victoria Broom
Messiah (TV Mini-Series 2001)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A team of detectives investigate gruesome murders.

Stars: Ken Stott, Frances Grey, Jamie Draven
Comedy | Horror

Six friends having a weekly board game night are interrupted by a booming movie trailer voice from the sky. Inexplicably, they find themselves trapped in a Horror Movie. Who amongst them ... See full summary »

Director: Ajala Bandele
Stars: Ajala Bandele, Jenny Curtis, Liz Fenning
Darklands (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Set in the heart of greed, addiction, violence, and narrow mindedness, Darklands is a film that on the surface appears to be just another crime comedy, but if you dig deeper, you will find ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Leon
Stars: Nick Fimbers, Tony McMillen, Eric Schumacher
Horror | Mystery

Alone and friendless in a strange island town, American student Matt's boredom and curiosity leads him to an old video game and a dark, terrible secret.

Director: Jacob Sherwood
Stars: Andrew Nance, Rachel Summers, Jonny Clarke
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The film looks at the places Charles Dickens lived and worked and how he used them in his novels and stories.

Director: Julian Richards
Stars: Lee Ault, Thelma Grove, Roy Hattersley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
David Keller
...
Rachel Morris
Roger Nott ...
Dennis Cox
Dave Duffy ...
Carver (as David Duffy)
Richard Lynch ...
Salvy
Ray Gravell ...
Bearded Gypsey
Kim Ryan ...
Scared Gypsey
Robert Blythe ...
McCullen (as Bob Blythe)
Nicola Branson ...
Becky
Hubert Rees ...
Bill Sawyer
Philip Babot ...
Chainsaw
Morega Polser ...
May Queen
Ian Deveraux ...
Green Man
William Thomas ...
Detective Jarvis
Edit

Storyline

Darklands follows journalist Frazer Truick as he investigates the mysterious death of the brother of trainee journalist Rachel Morris. Delving deeper, Truick becomes convinced that the tragedy was murder, committed by a bizarre religious cult. But as the evidence unfolds, things take on a more sinister and potentially lethal significance for the reporter, as he becomes embroiled in devil worship, witchcraft and ultimately human sacrifice! Written by Julian Richards

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The old flesh is dead, long live the new!

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 May 1998 (Philippines)  »

Also Known As:

Messiah  »

Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

| (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

We Are One
Performed by Toffeeworld
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A TV special that got some money to be a film
24 October 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An industrial Celtic cult is recruiting people from the local steel mill and leading them in pagan sacrifice rituals - I wonder if it could have anything to do with the gypsies just outside the mill? This is an example of one of the plot drivers that this film relies on - ones that are pretty obvious from the start.

However the film also has plenty of other plot twists that are revealed along the way, most of these are good but too many rely on coincidence or overlooking the facts. The whole cult-conspiracy thing is a bit unbelievable

  • maybe the Wickerman succeeded with a similar plot due to the island


setting - here set in Wales it's not as easy to accept. But if you can overlook this then it's actually quite good.

The performances are OK - Fairbrass doesn't quite bring off the fear and confusion that he should but does a reasonable leading man. Rowena King is good as the love interest Rachael, she's there to add a bit of sex to the proceedings - however that said the love scenes between her and Fairbrass are laughable, clearly neither agreed to be naked on screen and their orgasms are harder to believe than a Celtic cult sacrificing Welsh people. The other characters are mainly rent-a-Celtic-thugs or small parts - you can usually tell whose bad or good easily enough due to the performances.

The plot is reasonable but regularly fails to convince - with most good films you're able to buy into it at least while you're watching it. For most of it however the twists keep your interest. When I read the comments on these pages I watched this in anticipation for the shock ending - however it's not there! You pretty much know how it's going to end 20/30 minutes before it happens. It's still an OK ending but lets not make this out to be what it isn't - a reasonable TV special that got some lottery money to become a film.


1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Can't believe nobody is talking! sparkle132
Discuss Darklands (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?